East Campus Plant Growth Facility

Topping Off Ceremony

The University of Missouri is internationally renowned for the strength of its plant biology research, including studies of how plants adapt and respond to changing environments.

A new facility will make that research even more prominent.

The East Campus Plant Growth Facility will promote the continued success and enhancement of the campus’ plant biology programs. The $28.2 million facility, funded by the University, will provide a major expansion of state-of-the-art research greenhouse and plant growth chamber facilities with controlled lighting, temperature, humidity and CO2 environments. The project is expected to be completed by summer 2019.

Mizzou will celebrate the “topping off” – or completion of the building’s framework – at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, on the MU campus (1140 East Campus Loop, Columbia, MO 65201). Parking will be available in front of the building.

The new facility will feature 22,880 square feet of research greenhouse space, broken into 24 compartments. Some of the greenhouse modules will have a plant growth height of up to 21 feet, 6 inches, which will be the tallest on the MU campus. There will also be 9,385 square feet of space for controlled environment growth chambers and 8,807 square feet of headhouse space. The facility will include seed storage and drying rooms as well.

For a closer look at MU’s plant biology community, as well as what the new facility will bring to the University, click here: A Culture of Collaboration.

The celebration will feature numerous University of Missouri dignitaries as scheduled speakers: Mun Choi; President of the UM System; Donald L. Cupps, curator emeritus, MU Board of Curators; Latha Ramchand, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, University of Missouri; Christopher Daubert, Vice Chancellor and Dean, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Patricia Okker, Dean, College of Arts and Science. Chris Chinn, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, is also scheduled to speak.